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As Title 42 winds down, DHS unveils 'plan' to manage migrant influx at U.S.-Mexico border

While Title 42 remains in place, Homeland Security officials are preparing for its eventual end, describing how U.S. border authorities will deal with a potential increase in the number of people crossing the Mexican border once the Trump-era restriction is lifted.... Read more»

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Critics doubt Biden administration ready for fallout from ending Title 42

For immigration advocates, the end to Title 42 - implemented in March 2020 as a public health measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 - couldn’t come soon enough, but critics warned that it’s coming too soon and will “open the floodgates” to migrants at the southern border. ... Read more»

Muslim men grilled by U.S. customs agents about their faith sue feds

Muslim United States citizens are suing the federal government - with claims including violations of the First and Fifth Amendments and of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - and accusing CBP officials of religious discrimination, a practice they say goes back to at least 2011.... Read more»

Fleet of asylum officers tapped to crack yearslong immigration backlog

U.S. officials announced a new rule on Thursday aimed at screening the immigration claims of people who would otherwise face expedited removal but have asserted that they will be persecuted or tortured if returned to their homelands. ... Read more»

White House allows Ukrainian nationals to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is granting Temporary Protected Status that will shield Ukrainian nationals living in the United States from deportation as well as apply for work permits - but only applies to those already in the country.... Read more»

FactCheck: Sen. Tom Cotton distorts border apprehension impact

Sen. Tom Cotton falsely equated the nearly 2 million apprehensions of immigrants during Joe Biden’s presidency to “adding the entire population of Nebraska to this country.” He’s wrong for several reasons, including that most of those apprehended were immediately turned around.... Read more»

Homeland Security secretary’s El Paso visit focuses on Border Patrol Omicron staffing challenges

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited El Paso Thursday as part of a three-day tour of the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss personnel challenges - a day after Arizona Gov. Ducey called for Mayorkas’ resignation following the secretary’s visit to Yuma.... Read more»

Arizona mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Mesa Mayor John Giles took part in an immigration forum Wednesday and agreed that immigration reform is badly needed to address the current border situation, but they are not confident it can get done in the current fractured political climate. ... Read more»

Biden’s border: 'an incredibly disappointing year' for immigrant advocates

As a candidate, Joe Biden emphasized how different his immigration policy would be from that of former President Donald Trump, promising to “take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage,” but after nearly a year of the Biden presidency, immigrant advocates are disheartened.... Read more»

DHS will close 'gaps' in border wall, begin clean-up work in Southern Arizona

Customs and Border Protection can close some gaps in the border wall, and work to clean up now-abandoned construction projects in Southern Arizona using millions in defense funding earmarked to counter drug-smuggling, DHS Secretary Mayorkas said Monday. ... Read more»

‘Remain in Mexico’ migrant policy resumes, even as feds and Az advocates vow to end it

The Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy will resume, even as DHS vowed to continue working to end the program it is now being forced to reinstate. Opponents of the policy urged the Biden administration to terminate the “inhumane and illegal” program.... Read more»

50% more migrants in detention centers under Biden

When President Joe Biden came into office, he began to roll back the Trump administration’s immigration policies, including the 2017 memo that authorities arrest every undocumented person they find - but advocates say that hasn’t been the reality since Biden was inaugurated.... Read more»

Court order forces feds to revive Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Department of Homeland Security said it reached a deal with Mexico on Thursday to restart the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols program, a policy that President Joe Biden suspended on his first day in office and formally terminated in June. ... Read more»

New guidelines issued for care for pregnant women, mothers with babies born in Border Patrol stations

Customs and Border Protection released new guidelines for the treatment of pregnant woman and infants in custody at Border Patrol stations, following a critical report from a federal watchdog and pressure from 11 Democratic senators. ... Read more»

Tribal leaders welcome return of White House meetings after four years

Tribal leaders said the just-ended White House summit on tribal affairs “shows promise” for the federal commitment to solving problems in Indian Country and to giving Native Americans a voice in the process. ... Read more»

Biden administration makes case for end of Trump immigration program

The Biden administration urged a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel Tuesday to vacate an injunction ordering it to reinstate a Trump-era program that returned thousands of immigrants to Mexico to await resolution of their asylum cases. ... Read more»

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